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How can I make a donation to help the animals at the Oahu SPCA?
Click here to make an online donation. You can also mail a check to:
Oahu SPCAa
What is the Oahu SPCA and what do you do?
We are Oahu’s oldest and largest animal protection organization. For information on all of life saving programs, click here.

How do I find you and when can I come?
Click here to visit our hours and directions page.

How do I adopt a pet from the Oahu SPCA?
Click here for all of our adoption information. The Oahu SPCA is open for adoption Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 .pm.

I can no longer keep my pet. Will the Oahu SPCA accept him/her?
Yes. Admissions are by appointment only and we do charge a nominal fee to admit an animal to the shelter. We do not euthanize animals for space or at the end of a certain time period and we proudly place 100% of our healthy animals into loving homes, with adoption partners or in reputable sanctuaries. Appointments can be made by calling 808-000-0000. Click here for all of our admissions information.

Do you have a certain type of dog or cat?
All of our adorable adoptable animals are featured “live” online in real time on our website, mobile app and our facebook page. We encourage you to check it frequently as new animals arrive daily. Here is that link adoptions page.

What do you consider an “owned” animal?
If you have been confining and caring for an animal for 14 days or more on your property, we consider that animal to be your property and not a stray.

Can you guarantee that my pet will be adopted?
No. We do our best and proudly place 100% of our healthy animals into loving new homes. But we cannot guarantee that your pet may not be humanely euthanized if he/she develops medical or behavioral issues after being accepted into our adoption program.

What if I change my mind and want my pet back?
If you leave your pet with us you will sign a contract relinquishing ownership and all rights to that animal. There is no remorse period and we will not contact you regarding final disposition.

How do I adopt an equine or farm animal?
In order to adopt a farm animal, we need to have your completed and approved Equine and Farm Animal Adoption Application on file. Visit our farm animal adoption page for details.

How do I become a Oahu SPCA Volunteer?
For more information on becoming a Oahu SPCA volunteer, click here Volunteer Page.

How do I become a Oahu SPCA Employee?
Visit our Employment page for current job listings and an online application.

How do I file a cruelty report?
Please go to the Cruelty Investigations and Rescue page of our site. You can submit a Cruelty Report online or call 808-000-0000 to speak to an operator.

Can you come pick up an animal that I saw running the streets?
Please contact the animal control agency for your jurisdiction.
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Will the Oahu SPCA accept my stray animal?
We encourage people to take stray animals to the appropriate animal control agency for their area. The local animal control agency is the mandated authority funded by tax dollars that enforces animal control laws and impounds and houses strays and the first place pet owners will look for their animal. At the Oahu SPCA, our ability to accept stray animals changes daily. It depends on our available space and the number of animals currently in our shelter. If we have space available, the Oahu SPCA will accept an animal as a stray if the animal has been in your possession for less than 14 days. If space is unavailable at our shelter, you have several options: (1) Be referred to your city or county animal control agency; (2) Keep the animal in your possession, post neighborhood signs, post on shelter web sites, etc. and attempt to reunite the animal on your own, OR wait until Oahu SPCA has a space available. Click here for all of our admissions information.

What if the animal has been in my possession for more than 14 days?
If you have been confining and caring for an animal for 14 days or more on your property, we consider that animal to be your property and not a stray.

Doesn’t the Oahu SPCA get my tax dollars to accept stray animals?
No. The Oahu SPCA is a private non-profit charity that receives NO tax dollars or funding from the government. Your local animal control agency is the mandated authority funded by your tax dollars that enforces animal control laws and impounds and houses strays.

Does the Oahu SPCA euthanize strays?
In accordance with Hawaii law, stray animals will be held for at least three days to give owners an opportunity to reclaim. If they are not reclaimed by their owners they will undergo health and behavioral evaluations. The Oahu SPCA proudly places 100% of our healthy animals into loving new homes. No animal is ever euthanized at the Oahu SPCA to make room for incoming animals or for time limits.

How do I find my local animal control agency?
We have information available on the animal control agencies in the city of Honolulu, Pearl City and our surrounding counties.

My pet has behavior issues; who can I talk to about this?
Check out our Behavior Page for many great tips.

How long do you keep the animals at your shelters before they are euthanized?
There is no set “time limit” for animals in our care.